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31st Annual SF Free Folk Festival

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival will take place on June 16th & 17th, 2007 in a NEW LOCATION. There will be two full days of free dances, workshops, concerts, an open mic, music and craft market place, and continual fun. Food is available on site. This event is for those who want to smile a lot, create new friendships, and be surrounded by music, dance, song and by a wonderful community! Admission is free.

New Location: After many years at the old location, the festival has moved! It is now held and co-sponsored by City College of San Francisco. We will be using their North Gym and surrounding buildings, at 50 Phelan Ave, SF. See the CCSF website ( or ours ( for maps and directions. We are now on more bus routes and a few blocks from BART. There is also plenty of on-campus parking.

The room arrangements for this year are, we admit, less than perfect. This is a temporary arrangement. In 2008 we will use brand new buildings currently under construction. Please bear with us.


From late March on, the festival website is continually updated as performers and workshop leaders confirm: ( Last year's page is still up showing the activities of last year!

Be A Star!

Would you like to perform, lead a workshop, or volunteer? It takes about 200 volunteers to make this festival happen. You can be one of them. Opportunities are numerous - from helping schedule performers to performing. We need:

Our Teens And Young Ones

We continue to expand the activities we have for young people during the festival. We continually brainstorm ideas, but we would still love to have ideas from you and your children. They are welcome to become involved as well. Our children are the future of the festival, the folk club, the music and dance we do and more! Help keep the spirit alive for future generations.

Online folknik Turns Ten

2006 marked ten years of online folkniks. The online edition was launched shortly after one of our younger members exclaimed in astonishment to the editor, "What! There's no online folknik?"

An announcement was made asking for an online editor, and Mitch Gordon answered the call. Mitch was the online editor for several years before moving to Guerneville, then Bonnie Hellevig took over. She was followed by John Kelly -- the current online editor -- who is doing a great job. John has even started to put the song pages on line, a real challenge. Hearty thanks to all the folknik editors!

The online edition is based on the print version, but sometimes includes items too late for the print deadline. You can also find campout registration forms and information and live links to the many of the sites listed in folknik articles. Take a look at

Fold-in/Folk Sing April 29

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, April 29, at the home of Marian Gade, 136 Highland Blvd., Kensington, 510-524-9815. The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.

Memorial Day Campout

Waterman Canyon Again: We return to our new place of last year: a site among the redwoods in Santa Cruz County on the way to Big Basin State Park - about two hours from the Bay Area. We can have our campfire sings and jams without the State Parks' 10:00 pm curfew.

Facilities: There are spaces throughout the 7.5 acres of woods for parking and tents, and two electric hookup spaces for RVs. In case of inclement weather, there is a roofed, walled shelter about 30 feet in diameter. Portable toilets will be provided. Water is available. Bring your own tables and chairs. Garbage can be recycled, burned, used for compost or carried out.

Work Party: We will organize a work party starting a day or so before the campout to ready the site - more on this in the next folknik. For more INFO contact Ed Hilton, or call him at 510-523-6533.

Registration: We encourage everyone to make reservations ahead of time to get directions and to give us an estimate of the number of attendees and vehicles. We are camping on land owned by SFFMC member Mark Levy, and parking is somewhat limited - about 20 vehicles. Car pools are advisable. Click here for a printable registration form. It is not necessary to be a folk club member to attend.

Maps: People who pre-register will receive a confirmation sheet with a map and directions. Please mail your registration in time to be received by May 18 so the map and confirmation sheet can reach you in time.

Harmonious Thanks

Camp Harmony was spectacular this year! Even the weather cooperated. Everyone chipped in to make our do-it-yourself camp a grand experience. There were so many people working to make this year's camp wonderful that I'll most likely miss some names, but, here goes. Special kudos are due to: Andrea Lehrer, our new cup wrangler & supply coordinator; Bettine Wallin & Patience Young (& significant others, Lawrence Wallin & Mark Kartman), our mulled wine, hot cider, coffee and tea suppliers; Bob Semple, who designed, built and set up the concert stage shell; Cal Herrmann, concert soundman; Ed Hilton, Melissa Sarenac & Richard Rice, dance hall PA system organizers; Ellen Eagan, chore chart organizer; Jeremy Kammerer, who tuned, repaired and reconditioned the pianos; Laurie Vela, who organized the kids crafts & Rachel Levin, who took over sign-making tasks. Marian Gade spent much time at the reg table making sure that things ran smoothly and Marv Sternberg is in charge of all the things you left behind. Dances were ably organized by Gary Breitbard, Jim Oakden, Katie Riemer, Mary Luckhardt, Michael Riemer, Quena Crain & Robin Cohen.

The Camp Harmony Committee works all year to make camp happen. They are Andrea Lehrer, Charlie Fenton, David Luckhardt, Jane Doyle, Jane McKendry, Katie Riemer, Laurie Vela, Mary Luckhardt, Phillip Garrison, Ray Frank & Robert Reed.

Ralph, the hardworking club member who's never around when someone wants to criticize, was in evidence. He and his helpers moved beds, set up before camp and cleaned up afterward. Thanks to all!

This year, attendance was down enough that we lost a substantial amount of money. Stay tuned for changes next year to bring finances back into the black.

New Venue - Acoustic Cafe

The newly remodeled Acoustic Cafe (formerly the Cafe Terracotta) at 201 Octavia at Page in SF seeks acoustic musicians. The cafe will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and would like live music starting as early as 7:00 pm. It's open until 2:00 am. Wine and draft beer are served. Single performers or up to a five-piece band can be accommodated. Apply to Dennis at 415-410-7845 or drop in and talk to him.

Live Karaoke at the Encore

Chris Amburn announces Encore Live, an acoustical open mic Sundays from 3:00 - 8:00 pm at the Encore Karaoke Lounge, 1550 California at Polk in SF. Best artists will be featured at an Acoustical Artist Showcase the 1st Sunday of each month. INFO: 415-775-0442,

Berkeley House Concerts

Sally Greenberg's Spring House Concert series continues with more incredible performers: Jez Lowe on April 29 and Maria Dunn on June 3. Reservations are required for the 42 seats at these wonderful, intimate concerts. More INFO at or call 510-644-2135.

Martin Carthy Free Concert

Martin Carthy will be Regent's Lecturer in residence at UC Berkeley from March 12 - 23, and will give a free concert Saturday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. in Hertz Hall. Seating is first-come-first-served.

Sea Music Concert

Debra Cowan will give a Sea Music concert aboard the ship Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco, on Saturday, April 28, at 2:00 pm. Admission is standard ships admission fees: $5 adults; 15 and under, free. Ticket booth is on Hyde Street Pier. No reservations. INFO: 415-447-5000.

Women & Song Singing Group

Deborah "DJ" Hamouris holds a women's singing group on Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Join this fun group of women, singing together to strengthen our voices and spirits! We will learn some easy tunes & rounds, focusing on good technique and building harmony skills. Sessions include warm-ups, vocal harmony exercises, and lots of spirited laughter. Women & Song meets at 662 Fairview St., Oakland (near Alcatraz & Shattuck). Call for directions.$8 - $18 per meeting, sliding scale. INFO: 510-910-2574,

Also, Sun, March 4, 11:00-1:00, DJ & Buffalo will give a Dulcimer Brunch with mountain dulcimer and voice, at the Nomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, 510-595-5344.

New Christy Minstrels in San Francisco Benefit Concert

The New Christy Minstrels will perform a benefit concert for Restore Hetch Hetchy on May 9, 2007 at 7:30PM at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Tickets for this one time show can be purchased for $35 (including all handling fees, etc.) online at Restore Hetch Hetchy's site, or the New Christy Minstrels site -

Of the eight current touring members, six were original Minstrels 45 years ago: Randy Sparks, Barry McGuire, Dolan Ellis, Jackie Miller Davidson, Art Podell and Clarence Treat. The San Francisco benefit for Restore Hetch Hetchy will likely be the New Christy Minstrels' only 2007 Bay Area performance, before they start the year long world tour in June 2007.